Shopping for teenage guys is not easy! Their tastes (and what's cool) change regularly, and it can be hard to keep up. As the parent of a 15-year-old son, I know first-hand that the struggle is real! It seems like just yesterday that your kid would be happy with a plastic dinosaur, and now he's asking for expensive headphones (will he lose them? only time will tell). I gave my own son veto power on this list of gifts for teen boys, and these are the items that passed his test. Whether he's a sporty kid, a fan of video games and other tech, a new driver (!), or someone who sleeps all day, we have the gift for his birthday, the perfect Christmas present, or a graduation gift for him. We always recommend shopping for his hobbies, so we found the top-rated gifts for runners, gifts for book lovers, and gifts for Star Wars fans.
So whether you're on the hunt for a splurge-worthy birthday surprise or an affordable "just because" present, we hope these gift ideas for 2022 will make your shopping a little easier—and we're betting your boy might just crack a smile. Okay, we won't hold our breaths but these gifts are bound to make him happy on the inside and he just might tell his friends about them, too.
This bedside Bluetooth speaker plays music and can make calls, all with all with 48 different lighting modes. It also acts as an alarm clock, but we can't promise it will get him out of bed in the morning.
If you've got a metaverse-obsessed teen on your hands, this VR headset will be a winner. It's wire- and cable-free, boasts a high resolution, and has a library of 350+ gaming, social, fitness, and entertainment options.
If you have a teenage boy, that means you might have a new driver in the family (dah!). This car emergency kit will come in handy if he ever needs it. It includes essentials like a mini first aid kit and jumper cables.
Every teen boy loves a hoodie. This style from The North Face comes in tons of colors and will keep him warm in the fall and winter, because you know he's not wearing a coat. This one comes in 38 colors.
He'll love shooting hoops at night with this glow-in-the-dark ball. It stays lit for 30 hours and shuts off when it's not in use, so he won't have to worry about the battery running out in the middle of a game.
Psst: this item has an additional $5 off coupon at time of publication!
We like throwing a practical gift into the mix, even if they grumble about it. If he's started shaving, a quality razor set is key. This one has seven replacement blades so he'll have no excuse not to shave.
Psst: this item has an additional $3 off coupon at time of publication!
The Michael Jordan edition of NBA 2K23 will not disappoint guys of any age. Also available on Xbox, PC, and Switch. If you're shopping last-minute, go for the digital code so you don't have to worry about shipping.
Give him the gift of ad-free music! My son got a Spotify Premium subscription for his birthday this year and has already said he'll ask for it again next year. Choose from e-mail deliver or a traditional gift card.